Paul McCartney weds again: but who is Nancy Shevell?
Macca’s third wife is also his second heiress – but not much else is known about her
FORMER BEATLE Sir Paul McCartney walks down the aisle again today – or at least down the registry office corridor – as he takes American Nancy Shevell as his third wife. But just who is the dark-haired 51-year-old?
Macca started dating his new bride in 2007 before his divorce from Heather Mills had been granted. Shevell is said to have been a family friend of McCartney and his late wife Linda, nee Eastman.
Like Linda, Shevell is an heiress to a substantial fortune. (There's a widespread assumption that Linda Eastman was related to the George Eastman of Kodak-Eastman fame. In fact she was not, her wealth came from her mother who inherited the Lindner department store fortune.)
Shevell is vice-president of New England Motor Freight (NEMF), a business built and still controlled by her father Myron 'Mike' Shevell. In 2007, the Daily Mail reported that Shevell Sr was a "colourful character" who had faced "allegations of fraud and involvement with a Mafia crime family".
Allegations that Shevell had colluded with the Mafia while running his first businesses led to an FBI investigatoion. They were never brought to trial but the inquiry suspended trading and bankrupted Shevell - before he started again with NEMF in 1976.
However, it's safe to assume that Sir Paul won't worry too much about this "colourful" background: Nancy Shevell's wealth - it has been estimated she will inherit £250m - at least means there's little chance she could be seen as a gold digger.
Now 51, Shevell has more than just her love for Macca and her independent means in common with the ex-Beatle's great love. Like Linda, Shevell went to college in Arizona and both women were hit by cancer, being diagnosed one year apart.
Shevell is Jewish and McCartney and his fiancée were seen attending a synagogue together recently. After their registry office wedding today, they were due to return to McCartney's St John's Wood mansion for a small party, reportedly with 30 guests including Sir Mick Jagger on what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday.
The wedding was expected to be considerably lower-key than the rather ostentatious £1.5m nuptials of McCartney and Mills at an Irish castle with 300 guests in 2002. One report says Macca is shelling out just £50,000 – less than the price of Mills's dress.
If the Mail on Sunday is to be believed, the Scouse songwriter is economising on the entertainment too: he will apparently perform three songs for his guests himself, including a new one written especially for Shevell. ·
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